Trump demands NY Times, Washington Post return Pulitzers for Russia hoax

Former President Donald Trump called on the New York Times and Washington Post late Monday to give back the Pulitzer Prizes they won for their reporting on the FBI’s investigation into alleged ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.

“Why would The Washington Post or The New York Times ever want to admit their obvious mistakes and come clean when their false reporting is being guarded, and awarded, by the Pulitzer Prize, which at one point actually meant something?” the 45th president said in a statement on his social media site, Truth Social.

“These outlets should hand back their prizes without notification from Pulitzer, which would be the honorable thing to do,” he added.

Trump was responding to the Pulitzer Prize board rejecting his request to rescind the 2018 award for national reporting, which the Times and Washington Post shared for — as the board put it at the time — “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.”

On Monday, the board announced that independent reviews of the honored reporting found “that no passages or headlines, contentions or assertions in any of the winning submissions were discredited by facts that emerged subsequent to the conferral of the prizes.”
By Mark Moore

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